Funeral service for Scott John Carlson, 46, Lawrence, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 12, 2016 at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Lawrence. Scott passed away Monday, October 31, 2016 in Lawrence.
Scott was born April 28, 1970 in Arcadia, California to John Wesley Carlson, Jr. and Caryn (Carothers) Carlson. He was raised by John and Vicky (Daniels) Carlson. Scott attended Lawrence schools, graduating from Lawrence High in 1988 and the University of Kansas in 1993 with a Bachelor’s degree.
Scott returned to California where he pursued his dream of becoming a fire fighter. He graduated from the Rio Hondo Fire Academy and volunteered at the Montebello Fire Department while awaiting hire. He married Lorraine Camarena and raised five children together, Nadine (Ammar) Abukurah, Lorraine “Sissy” (Frank) Womack, Lisa Camarena, Tony Camarena and Cheyenne Camarena. While Scott and Lorraine later divorced, they remained loving friends.
Scott aspired a career in public service, helping others and making a difference. He was a National EMT and worked as an EMT with Care Ambulance in Los Angeles and Orange Counties in 2013. Prior employment was in the construction industry working his way up from apprentice to owner.
Scott returned to Lawrence in the fall of 2013 to apply for a position with the Douglas County Sheriff’s office as a Corrections Officer. Scott was hired in 2014 and worked at the Douglas County jail until the time of his death. Scott was highly regarded by his supervisors and peers, often referred to as “Ace” or “Solid”. Scott served as a Jail Training Officer, OC Instructor for the Douglas County Corrections Academy and the Lawrence Police Department Academy, The Restraint Chair and the WRAP. Scott is a member of the Kansas Honor Guard and an associate member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lawrence KS. Scott had an amazing work ethic and excelled in everything he did, whether it was work, sports, or cooking. His Italian sausage and peppers are legendary!
Scott’s love of God and his family never wavered. Scott is survived by his parents, his Grandmother Marion Klinker, sister Gina Picicci and husband Vito, brother Nick Jacob, his children and two grandchildren; Kaden and Leila Abukurah, his nieces Laura and Christina Picicci, and his loyal German Shephard, Sascha, along with his aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made in his name to The Bert Nash Center and may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary. If you are not already an organ donor, the best memorial is to become one. Visit www.organdonor.gov.
The family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, November 11th at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
Scott’s family would like to express our gratitude to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Lawrence Police Department for their outstanding care and support during this difficult time.
Online condolences may be sent to warrenmcelwain.com.